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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,323 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Rumpole

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a 12-pack on its own, not part of a mix-pack. Rich amber color, thick white head; looks lovely. Aromas of pine and citrus. Strong hop flavor, more pine and plenty of citrus. A bit out of balance on the hop side, but that's not a tragedy. Smooth drinking throughout no matter the strength of flavor. Clean finish. Really remarkable.

What we have here is a straight 5% abv lager with a little extra malt and a lot extra hop. This fills a badly needed hole in the market, one of long standing, namely having that IPA hoppiness without the attendant IPA keister-kicking that you get when quaffing 7% and on up. Strongly flavored, but "sessionable", as they say - meaning you can drink in mass quantities with relatively less subsequent punishment.

I've since learned that others have already come up with a similar brew, especially on the West Coast. I'd be interested to learn what they're charging for the pleasure. The usual Sam Adams retail in glamorous Worcester, MA is around $15 or thereabouts for a 12-pack. By no means is that cheap, but I imagine it'll be tricky to find something else this strongly flavorful yet easy to drink for that price. We'll see. The Rumpole budget usually precludes beer in that range, but this stuff is so good that adjustments might need to be made.

Well done, Sam old egg. This one's up there with the dear old Noble Pils, which ought to be returned to the 12-pack format too. Meantime this'll do very nicely while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:56:29 | More by Rumpole
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2013 22:36:37 | More by agreenman19
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2013 20:24:44 | More by dunix
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-01-2013 19:55:06 | More by ShanePB
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sethcroisant

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- nice golden color. head is modest at about half a finger, but what's there leaves very impressive lacing.

S- BIG grapefruit. lots of cascade hops in this one. very simple, yet very enticing.

T- similar to the smell with lots of grapefruit flavors. little bit of hops resin sits on the back of the tongue. biscuit malts fight for power with the hops in the aftertaste.

M- balanced level of carbonation. fairly slick, but still has sort of a fluffy feel to it.

O- straightforward and simple, but it's well done. hopefully, they come out with this in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:00:52 | More by sethcroisant
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TheLevi4000

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-01-2013 02:10:19 | More by TheLevi4000
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-01-2013 01:49:49 | More by richkrull
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7%

02-01-2013 00:16:20 | More by oriolesfan4
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jibjib513

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

01-31-2013 20:00:47 | More by jibjib513
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-31-2013 05:45:58 | More by headyhopzhead
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

01-31-2013 04:22:49 | More by ericlawton007
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JHendu

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%

01-30-2013 23:53:22 | More by JHendu
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge bubbly and sticky bone white head that slowly recedes and sticks itself all over the glass on the way down. Smells of floral pine and resin in spades with hints of bread onion and garlic. Wow the aroma on this one shocked me! The flavor is light bready and caramel malt with a ton of hop flavor. Earth pine and resinous hop flavors tip the scale heavily to the hop side. Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is nice beer, I was quite surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 22:53:24 | More by johnnnniee
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DarrellK

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-30-2013 22:12:57 | More by DarrellK
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-30-2013 03:36:19 | More by sparx1100
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-29-2013 23:45:37 | More by csurowiec
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colbster92

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

01-29-2013 21:39:34 | More by colbster92
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with light edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a subtle grassy hop notes but the pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes promised on the label are nowhere to be found in the nose. Kind of bland with floral hops followed by bready yeast, caramel malt and toffee. Hopefully it tastes more like an Indian pale than it smells.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp hop bite which provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the lager yeast into a slightly dry finish. Some sticky pine needle and grassy hop notes but again, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are undetectable to my palate. Caramel malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, bread and biscuit. Really disappointing considering what I was expecting. The idea of a west coast style hoppy lager is intriguing but this was just a boring lager with a slightly aggressive, one dimensional hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 09:18:13 | More by corby112
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LoulaBrewing

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-29-2013 03:46:36 | More by LoulaBrewing
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev +7%

01-29-2013 03:40:14 | More by ale207
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-29-2013 01:15:01 | More by vfgccp
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JonSzakelyhidi

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +27%

01-28-2013 23:09:25 | More by JonSzakelyhidi
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2013 16:48:36 | More by MilkManX
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vdub191

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

01-28-2013 15:57:41 | More by vdub191
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2013 05:56:51 | More by Stockfan42
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.